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Poster: micah6vs8 Date: Oct 18, 2010 12:21pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Acid Tests

I came across this little window of weirdness ,

http://www.archive.org/details/gd1966-02-12.sbd.bershaw.9515.shnf

And then I started trying to find the show . I came across this ,

http://obie1.homesite.net/deadcd/acid_test_reels.htm

Are these reels transferred and in circulation ? Has anyone ever listened them ? Own them ? Thanks .

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Poster: Dhamma1 Date: Oct 18, 2010 3:55pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Acid Tests - chronology

from my notes...

The numbered cuts with titles below are from the six discs of Acid Test recordings released to eTree 2000-2004 by Matt Vernon from Kesey's tapes. These are available at etree and traded as CDs (see dead.net forum) but only some appear to be streamable at LMA (URLs are provided for those).


1. November 27, 1965 - Santa Cruz Acid Test
At Ken Babbs's ranch in Soquel, adjacent to Santa Cruz, known as The Spread. The Dead played as The Warlocks and Allen Ginsberg and Neal Cassady attended, according to On the Bus. There is no recording at LMA.


2. December 4, 1965 - San Jose Acid Test
At biker Big Nig's in San Jose, near the university, following the Rolling Stones concert. About 300-400 attended, until the police broke it up. The band's first appearance as The Grateful Dead; there is no recording at LMA.


3. December 11, 1965 - Mountain View / Palo Alt Acid Test
The Big Beat dance hall, Mountain View, on highway 101 near Palo Alto. About 200 attended; in an L-shaped room too small for the equipment; toilet paper free-for-all under strobe; Garcia gets the nickname Captain Trips. The Dead played, but there is no recording at LMA


4. December 18, 1965 - Muir Beach Acid Test
In the Muir Beach Lodge, at the state park of the same name, about 10 miles north of San Francisco. About 300 people attended. Bear freaked out (McNally). The Dead played, but there is no recording at LMA.


5. January 8, 1966 - Fillmore Acid Test
In San Francisco. Largest attendance yet; LSD dosed Kool-Aid served.
The following selections at http://www.archive.org/details/gd1966-01-08.sbd.bershaw.5410.shnf (I have)
1. Stage Chaos/More Power Rap
2. King Bee
3. I'm A Hog For You Baby
4. Caution: Do Not Step On Tracks >
5. Death Don't Have No Mercy
6. Star Spangled Banner / closing remarks
Description from The Acid Test Files (http://www.nii.net/~obie1/deadcd/acid_test_files.htm), based on Wolfe and other sources: "On January 8, 1966, the Merry Pranksters put on a colossal Acid Test at the Fillmore Auditorium, in San Francisco’s black ghetto. They had put down a deposit on the hall two days earlier, ignoring the landlord’s earnest warning that there would be no ,way to publicize an event in that short a time. The Pranksters just smiled mysteriously. About twentyfour hundred people showed up. The Fillmore was a huge dance floor with a balcony running along two sides. The Pranksters wired it up with so much electronic equipment - including the TV Portapaks they were going to carryaround - that the floor was littered with electronic boxes and skeins of electric cable. The whole place actually gave off a low, buzzing hum. The show started in the usual fashion with Kesey’s Psychedelic Symphonette playing random sequences of notes at one end of the floor. Down at the other end, the Warlocks, who had rrecently changed their name to the Grateful Dead, were simultaneously playing rock & roll built around the expansive noodlings of guitarist Jerry Garcia. In the middle of the floor stood a baby bathtub full of Kool Aid spiked with LSD. From then on, the evening was psychedelic chaos. Pranksters wore comicbook superhero costumes and wandered around doing everything they could to make the trip weirder. Phrases that read like excerpts from a Kesey novel in progress were projected onto the walls. Perhaps this whole event was a Kesey novel, set in some kind of space age madhouse. Because of city regulations, the Acid Test was required to end at 2:00 a.m., and the police showed up to make sure the curfew was observed. “Who’s in charge?” they demanded. Hilarious. Everything had been totally out of con­trol for hours. The police went around pulling plugs and turning off switches. The Pranksters went around after them turn­ing everything back on again. When the lights went off, the crowd cheered. When they went back oon, they cheered again. A group of people on the floor had found a ladder and were climbing toward the police, chanting, “Hug the heat! Hug the heat!” just as Kesey’s lawyers arrived to smooth everything over. Neal Cassady, one of the origi­nal beatniks, was there that night. He had been hanging around with the Merry Pranksters for some time. Habitually wired on amphetamines, he would usu­ally be talking a motormouthed stream of consciousness while juggling a hammer to deal with his speed induced rest­lessness. But here, staring down from the Fillmore balcony at all the stoned people crawling through mountains of electronic equipment and giant sculp­tures, he seemed downright placid."


6. January ??, 1966 - Portland Acid Test
Beaver Hall, Portland, OR. They rode up on the Prankster's bus, Furthur, until it broke down, then Cassady drove them in a rented truck to a cold concrete second-floor warehouse (Phil's book). Weir had a mystical experience (McNally). The Dead played, but there is no recording at LMA.


7. January 29, 1966 - Sound City recording studio
San Francisco.
7. Ken Kesey interviewed by Frank Fey
8. Ken Babbs and harmonica
9. Take Two: Ken Kesey
10. Bull
11. Peggy The Pistol
12. One-way Ticket
13. Bells And Fairies
14. Levitation
15. Trip X
16. The End
Babbs says (TC vol. 1) this was not an acid test but a studio recording intended to recreate on for listeners. According to Ihor Slabicky, an LP was issued called the Acid Test: A Sound City Production - Ken Kesey and others ( ) From the front cover: "Shortly before he disappeared into limbo, or even Mexico Novelist Ken Kesey and his "trips" buddies recorded an album at Sound City Recorders on Sixth ST. What makes this an item possible, is that Ken et al were high on LSD at the time, and kept getting higher as the recording progressed. The album is titled "the Acid Test" -Kesey's idea-and will be priced at $5.95. In fact, the only thing ordinary about this record is that the wole's in the middle..." (Herb Caen). The recording was made at the San Francisco State College "Acid Test" of October 1 to 2, 1966. It includes the Grateful Dead playing in background as Ken Kesey and other talk about various things. The tracks are: (side one) Ken Kesey interviewed by Frank Frey; Ken Babbs and Harmonica; Take Two - Ken Kesey; Bull; Peggy The Pistol; (side two) One Way Ticket (a classic!); Bells & Fairies; Levitation; Trip "X"; The End. Printed on the label is: "The Acid Test - a sound city production - as photographed and shown in "Look" magazine - Recorded from 14 hours of the actual Trip." On the cover is a small photo of Jerry Garcia, playing guitar in studio, while Ken Kesey is on the microphone. The album had only a black and white cover pasted on the front, and no back cover." It was reproduced here as of 7/31/08: http://lpcoverlover.com/category/types-and-fonts/ (scroll down to the bottom). A copy was being offered in July 2008 in London for 500 pounds.


8. February 5, 1966 - Northridge Acid Test
Unitarian Church, Northridge (Los Angeles). Minister Paul Swayer invited them to his round, domed church. The Dead played, but there is no recording at LMA.


9. February 12, 1966 - Watts Acid Test
At the Youth Opportunities Center in Compton (near Watts), Los Angeles. This was a former automobile repair garage. Several Pranksters each dosed the Kool Aid unbeknowst to one another, leading to abnormally large doses; the "Who Cares?" woman dominates the night; Pigpen and Wavy Gravy save the day. Even the Dead were too high to play at times.
Only one cut, at http://www.archive.org/details/gd1966-02-12.sbd.bershaw.9515.shnf (I have)
01. Who Cares Rap (Pigpen, Weir, etc.) [6:08}
Description from The Acid Test Files (http://www.nii.net/~obie1/deadcd/acid_test_files.htm), based on Wolfe and other sources: The acid test went on and soon it got to Los Angeles, where it became the Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test. Some Pranksters, - Hugh Romney - decided to put the LSD in big Kool Aid containers, playing with the homey, innocuous drink of middle America. ... the night of the Acid Test in Watts. Imagine Watts, only a few months after the riots, on acid. All us crazy-looking middle class white kids all dressed up in weird things with goony eyes. I remember the black people in the neighborhood standing out there laughing. They found it hilarious. There was a general air of good feeling. Take a couple hundred or so freaked-out people in Watts and a a bunch of freaked-out hippies and you wouldn't know what to expect, but it was very nice. [Law: 23] The Acid Tests were one of those outrages, one of those scandals, that create a new style or a new world view. [Wolfe:250] The young, and at the time cool, Tom Wolfe evokes the Los Angeles Acid Tests through the words and memories of some woman, Clair, who went there and did acid unknowingly for the first time in her life: ... [the next] was set up for Watts, on Lincoln's birthday, February 12th 1966. Watts! The very Watts where hardly five months before the freaking revolution of the blacks had broken out, the symbol of all that was catastrophic and hopeless in American life[...] politics of taking such a party into the recently stricken neighborhood, as a friendship-thing; also a humorous - ironical? site for such carryings-on. The building was a warehouse, part of a Youth Opportunities center, but still vacant[...] It was legally leased for 24 or 48 hours by Kesey's group[...] around 200 people were in attendance. When i arrived, nothing had started... people were clustered in small groups, sitting on mats and blankets around the walls. The room, the main room was huge... [50 by 25 feet]. There was also a smaller room to the east and a bathroom to the west, and the large room had a corridor running along the south wall which had open windows waist high without glass... through which the scene inside could be observed[...] Shortly there was an announcement [by Neal Cassady] that the evening would begin. Films were projected on the south wall, with a commentary... films of Furthur, the bus, the people in the bus[...] then a large trash can, plastic, was carried to the middle of the room, and all were invited to help themselves to the Kool-Aid it contained... Actually there were two cans. Romney took the microphone and said, "This one over here is for the little folk and this one over here is for the big folk. This one over here is for the kittens and this one over here for the tigers..." Then Clair drank a couple of paper cups of the Electric Kool-Aid, and suddenly dancing under a strobe light she starts laughing crazy, uncontrollably... "i looked around and people's faces were distorted... lights were flashing everywhere... the screen [sheets] at the end of the room had three or four different films at once, and the strobe light was flashing faster than it had been... the band, the Grateful Dead, was playing but i couldn't hear the music... people were dancing[...] I was afraid, because i honestly thought that it was all in my mind, and that i had finally flipped out."... At that moment with the help of some insiders she was told what was going on and she started enjoying it, the different rooms, and lights, her own perception of them... "Mostly i'd call the Acid Test a master production. Everything was carefully meshed and calculated to produce the LSD effect, so that i have no idea where the production stopped and my own head took over... I great flash of insight came to me... N can tell it is coming, the magic [eighth] hour, and Hassler gets up in a blue pageboy costume and does a funny beautiful slow dance that is just perfect... and Page is working behind him with the projectors, the film projectors and the slide projectors... and the Pranksters sit amazed and delighted and he makes slow changes, abstract patterns and projections from slides and... it all fits together... everything... About 6 am, more cops, narcos now, six in plainclothes - and one of the diehard three o'clock discoverers walks up to them and announces with a look of total acid-stoned glistening sincerity: "Listen, I've got more Awareness, more... Awareness, in my little fingernail... My Awareness is so superior to yours that... uh...", and so his face falls back in a sweet sincere look, slightly played out, and he says; "How about getting us some cigarettes? We're all out." Strangely, one of them did and returned very quickly... The L.A. sun is up, the good spades of Watts are going to work... and the Pranksters troop back into the L.A. sunlight... [Wolfe: 271-282] [283-284] The Watts Test in L.A., coming on top of the Trip Festival in San Francisco, had caused the fast-rising psychedelic thing to explode right out of the underground in a way nobody had dreamed of... This new san Francisco-L.A. LSD thing with wacked-out kids and delirious rock'n'roll, made it seem like the dread LSD had caught on like an infection among the youth - which, in fact, it had. Very few realized that it had all emanated from one electric source: Kesey and the Merry Pranksters."


10. March 12, 1966 - Pico Acid Test, Danish Hall, Los Angeles.
In a former movie sound stage on Pico Boulevard. The Kool Aid was not dosed but people thought they got off anyway. Several recordings of 3/19/66 that have criculated for years are mis-labeled with this date. David Lemieux, keeper of the Grateful Dead vault, provided a complete set list for 3/12/66, as follows:
Cream Puff War
Teddy Bear's Picnic
Sitting On Top Of The World
Minglewood
Cold Rain and Snow
Tastebud
Silver Threads
Baby Blue
Good Lovin'
You Don't Have To Ask
On The Road Again
Next Time You See Me
I Know You Rider
Hey Little One
King Bee >
Caution
Stealin'


11. March 19, 1966 - Cathay Studios Acid Test
Moved at last minute from UCLA, Los Angeles, few descriptions appear to survive.
Selected cuts are at (I have)


12. October 2, 1966 - San Francisco State Acid Test
San Francisco. Some cuts from this night are mixed in among the following:
4. The Head Has Become Fat Rap
5. A Mexican Story: 25 Bennies
6. A Tarnished Galahad
7. Get It Off The Ground Rap >
8. It's Good To Be God Rap >
9. Nirvana Army Rap >
10. The Butcher Is Back
11. Acid Test Graduation Announcement
12. Send Me To The Moon >Closing Rap
1. Ken Kesey's dialogue (isolated remix)
2. Prankster Music/Sound Collage #1(sequence 1)
3. Kesey Rap > Prankster Music/Sound Collage #2 (sequence 2)
4. Prankster Sound Collage #3 > Prankster Raga(sequence 3)
5. Closing Jam
6. Prankster Electronics
Another Kesey tape has the following from this night; some later (1981?) interviews have been mixed in on the tape:
01. Jerry Garcia intro 0:20
02. A Mexican Story: 25 Bennies 3:41
03. Get It Off The Ground Rap 9:32
04. It's Good To Be God Rap 2:40
05. Nirvana Army Rap 0:52
06. The Butcher Is Back 3:14
07. Acid Test Graduation Announcement 1:29
08. Send Me To The Moon 1:22
09. Jerry Garcia interview 0:40
10. Sound Collage 3:43
11. Ken Kesey Interview 0:22
12. Sound Collage #2 9:58
13. Jerry Garcia Interview 0:19
14. Music / Sound Collage #1 2:14
15. Ken Kesey Interview 0:15
16. Sound Collage 1:15
According to Ihor Slabicky, an LP album was released called, The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test - var. (United Fan Club Society, Goteborg, Sweden, Stellar Music Special, Series 1, Show 1, SMS001-1) A record (in all likelihood a bootleg) from the San Francisco State College "Acid Test" of October 1 and 2, 1966. It is mostly Ken Babbs (?) talking in the college radio station's studio, interspersed with a few seconds of what could be Garcia on guitar, as well as parts of the Garcia, Kesey, et al interviews on NBC's "Tomorrow" show of May 7, 1981. Released in March, 1988.


13. October 31, 1966 - Acid Test Graduation
Winterland, San Francisco, CA
7. Jam Session (musicians unknown)
from The World Of Acid film soundtrack



Most of the information above is taken from:
McNally; Skeleton Key: A Dictionary for Deadheads; On the Bus; Phil's book; Grateful Dead Taping

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Poster: Dhamma1 Date: Oct 18, 2010 3:56pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Acid Tests - recordings

From my notes...


The events were recorded at the time by Kesey and the Pranksters as well as by Owsley, in varying levels of completion. Kesey, Babbs and the Dead made one album in the studio in 1966 to simulate an acid test, various bootleg recordings appeared from unknown source tapes over the years, and Kesey's heirs (Key-Z Productions) released some excerpts commercially on CDs and video as well.

From 2000-2004, six discs' worth of recordings from the Acid Tests were assembled and released to eTree by Matt Vernon via Alan Bershaw, Thomas Wulf. Discs 1-4 are at http://db.etree.org/shninfo_detail.php?shnid=5406 and Discs 5 and 6 are at http://db.etree.org/shninfo_detail.php?shnid=9514.

They are also available (Feb. 2009) from Sugarmegs.org at
http://www.archive.org/serve/gd1965-1967MerryPranksterAcidTestsSanFranciscoCA/gd1965-1967MerryPranksterAcidTestsSanFranciscoCA.wma
This is on my hard drive.

Some have also appeared at archive.org as well.

Notes on the two eTree sites say:
The Fillmore Acid Test (1/8/66) tracks are taken from the offically released video by Key-Z productions.
The Sound City Acid Test (1/29/66) tracks are taken from the commercial CD called The Acid Tests Vol. 1 (King Mob KMOB 3, distributed by Sony).
The Pico Acid Test (3/12/66) tracks are old excerpts; the full set exists in much better quality. [but this is mis-identified; it is actually 3/19/1966]
The San Francisco State Acid Test (10/2/66) tracks are taken directly from the officially released CD from Key-Z Productions.

A note from Alan Bershaw at http://www.nii.net/~obie1/deadcd/acid_test_reels.htm 8/2/2008 says:
"My original intentions for compiling "The Acid Test Reels" material was to chronologically include every single Acid Test related recording known to exist, as it is notated in Volume One of The Compendium. I intentionally left some time at the end of disc #1, so that the Watts Acid Test "Who Cares Rap" (approx 6:00) would fit there and then Volume 1 through 4 would indeed contain every last Acid Test related recording in The Compendium (plus more) in chronological order. Here is the complete notation for this project. Note that I have now Included the Watts sequence where it was originally intended at the end of disc #1. Folks who already have the original 4 discs compiled in March 2001 should Get the supplement disc that includes both Watts and the expanded Pico recordings. I hope everyone enjoys these efforts but for God's sake, listen to it in small doses and not all at once! ;-) Alan"


Here are the contents of the six eTree discs and the Sugarmegs file, which are titled
"Grateful Dead & Merry Pranksters. The Acid Test Reels, 1965-1967"


DISC ONE: Fillmore Acid Test/Sound City Acid Test

The Fillmore Acid Test
Fillmore Auditorium, San Francisco, CA
January 8, 1966
1. Stage Chaos/More Power Rap
2. King Bee
3. I'm A Hog For You Baby
4. Caution: Do Not Step On Tracks >
5. Death Don't Have No Mercy
6. Star Spangled Banner / closing remarks

The Sound City Acid Test
363 6th Street, San Francisco, CA
January 29, 1966
7. Ken Kesey interviewed by Frank Fey
8. Ken Babbs and harmonica
9. Take Two: Ken Kesey
10. Bull
11. Peggy The Pistol
12. One-way Ticket
13. Bells And Fairies
14. Levitation
15. Trip X
16. The End
7-16 The Acid Test: A Sound City Production


DISC TWO: Pico Acid Test / S.F. State U Acid Test (pt.1)

The Pico Acid Test
Danish Center, Los Angeles, CA
March 12, 1966
1. Viola Lee Blues
2. You See A Broken Heart
3. In The Midnight Hour
[mis-dated, according to David Lemieux, and not corresponding to the vault copy's setlist; these are probably from 3/19/1966]

The San Francisco State Acid Test
Whatever It Is Festival
San Francisco State University, San Francisco, CA
Stereo Control Room Master (rec. 4:00AM - 6:00AM)
October 2, 1966
4. The Head Has Become Fat Rap
5. A Mexican Story: 25 Bennies
6. A Tarnished Galahad
7. Get It Off The Ground Rap >
8. It's Good To Be God Rap >
9. Nirvana Army Rap >
10. The Butcher Is Back
11. Acid Test Graduation Announcement
12. Send Me To The Moon >Closing Rap
Credits on 10/2/66:
Voices: Ken Kesey and Hugh Romney
Guitar: Ken Kesey
Violin: Dale Kesey
Organ: Jerry Garcia
Engineering: Steve Newman, Ken Kesey, Mountain Girl


DISC THREE: S.F. State U Acid Test (pt. 2)/Graduation Jam

The San Francisco State Acid Test
Whatever It Is Festival
San Francisco State University, San Francisco, CA
October 2, 1966
1. Ken Kesey's dialogue (isolated remix)

Merry Prankster Sound Collage Sequences
October 2, 1966
2. Prankster Music/Sound Collage #1(sequence 1)
3. Kesey Rap > Prankster Music/Sound Collage #2 (sequence 2)
4. Prankster Sound Collage #3 > Prankster Raga(sequence 3)
Prankster Recordings broadcast over the P.A.

End of Whatever It Is Festival
October 2, 1966
5. Closing Jam
6. Prankster Electronics

Acid Test Graduation Jam
Winterland, San Francisco, CA
October 31, 1966
7. Jam Session (musicians unknown)
from The World Of Acid film soundtrack


Disc Four: Related Recordings

Neal Cassady & The Warlocks 1965
1. Speed Limit
studio recording/Prankster production tape circa late 1965
Straight Theater, Haight Street, San Francisco, CA July 23, 1967
2. Neal Cassady Raps (backed by The Dead)
recording released as a flexi-disc in the 1st printing of The Dead Book

Acid Tests Production Reel
3. Jerry Garcia commentary with Acid Test audio
710 Haight Street House, San Francisco, CA summer 1967
4. - 6. Jerry Garcia
one hour interview about music, drugs, politics and social changes circa
1967

compilation and package by Alan Bershaw
shn discs by TaW
Note 1: I split the 1h Jerry interview on disc 4 into 3 smaller pieces (a-c).
Note 2: The shn-tracks for audio disc 4 are split between shn-discs 2 and 3!


Disc Five: Supplementary CD#1 [74:04]

The Watts Acid Test February 12, 1966
Youth Opportunities Center, Compton, CA

01. Who Cares Rap (Pigpen, Weir, etc.) [6:08}


The Pico Acid Test March 12, 1966 (EXPANDED VERSION)
Danish Center, Los Angeles, CA
[mis-dated, according to David Lemieux, and not corresponding to the vault copy's setlist; these are probably from 3/19/1966]
02. Viola Lee Blues [11:54]
03. One Kind Favor [4:19]
04. I Know You Rider [2:41]
05. You See A Broken Heart [3:18]
06. It's A Sin [4:47]
07. Beat It On Down The Line [4:06]
08. Heads Up [6:17]
09. Next Time You See Me [5:04]
10. unknown blues instrumental[8:15] - might be Death Don?t also (Tony Middleton)???
11. Death Don't Have No Mercy [6:03]
12. Midnight Hour [11:06]
Notes: The 8th song, previously notated as "unknown instrumental" on Deadlists, is a cover of Freddy King's "Heads Up." The 9th tune, previously listed as "The Same Thing (instrumental)," is definitely NOT that song. Although it is a
standard blues and sounds similar at the beginning, closer listening makes it pretty obvious that it is an entirely different song, title unknown. The Viola Lee Blues on this expanded version is a different version than on the
previous three song version of Pico Acid Test. This is an ongoing mystery, although it should be said that both versions are worth having.


Disc Six: [41:56]

Supplementary CD#2 - San Francisco State Acid Test (alternate version)
"Whatever It Is" Festival October 2, 1966
San Francisco State University, San Francisco, CA
Stereo Control Room Master (rec. 4:00AM - 6:00AM)
Source(s) unknown, this has different lineage, and some different edits to the "intact" version. Specifically some contemorary (Tomorrow show '81?) interviews are spliced in, and the sound collages towards the end are presented in a different sequence.

01. Jerry Garcia intro 0:20
02. A Mexican Story: 25 Bennies 3:41
03. Get It Off The Ground Rap 9:32
04. It's Good To Be God Rap 2:40
05. Nirvana Army Rap 0:52
06. The Butcher Is Back 3:14
07. Acid Test Graduation Announcement 1:29
08. Send Me To The Moon 1:22
09. Jerry Garcia interview 0:40
10. Sound Collage 3:43
11. Ken Kesey Interview 0:22
12. Sound Collage #2 9:58
13. Jerry Garcia Interview 0:19
14. Music / Sound Collage #1 2:14
15. Ken Kesey Interview 0:15

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Poster: micah6vs8 Date: Oct 18, 2010 4:05pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Acid Tests - recordings

Wow . Thank-you Dhamma

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Poster: Cliff Hucker Date: Oct 18, 2010 4:17pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Acid Tests - recordings

You have obviously put a great deal of work into this, and your notes are quite impressive!

But dont you agree that the only listenable "music" from any of these events is from the Fillmore (1/8/66) and Pico (3/12/66) Acid tests?

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Poster: Dhamma1 Date: Oct 18, 2010 5:41pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Acid Tests - recordings

Yes, and even that's stretching it. Otherwise, it's only of historical interest. But history gives lots of pleasure, as well as music. How *did* LSD become popular, anyway? These recordings document an important part of that story.

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Poster: csaw44 Date: Oct 18, 2010 5:33pm
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i agree. the Pico test has some decent tunes in there. i only listen to everything else if i cant sleep, i'll put in the disc

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Poster: light into ashes Date: Oct 18, 2010 8:17pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Acid Tests - dates & tapes

Nice work, Dhamma.
A couple additional comments -

We do have more of the 2/12/66 Test, in this collection:
http://www.archive.org/details/gd1966-XX-XX.sbd.GEMS.81254.flac16
Tracks 6 to 9 - we get to hear what came after the "who cares?" rap - the Dead slaughter a half-remembered New Orleans and Twist & Shout.
(I don't think tracks 1-3 come from the same date.)

The show usually labeled "3/12/66" is actually 3/19/66. (The date is confirmed in the Vault.) I never even thought this was an Acid Test - it sounded just like a regular show - perhaps I should re-check the banter for clues.
http://www.archive.org/details/gd66-03-19.sbd.scotton.81951.sbeok.flac
Musically it's interesting because almost every song is a blues.
(Ignore the three-song "3/12/66" excerpt, it's a mix of 12/1 and 3/19/66.)

We do have the actual 3/12/66 - half of it circulates as "2/25/66":
http://www.archive.org/details/gd66-02-25.sbd.unknown.1593.sbefail.shnf
The other half we have as the second set of "5/19/66". Proof: the setlist Lemieux provided is identical to the second set of our "5/19/66". He even played some of it on a Taper's Section. So our 5/19 tape could be from two different dates, or there could be some archival confusion here - all we can say is the Vault has a set labeled 3/12/66 which is the same as a set labeled 5/19/66 on Charlie Miller's copy. You can compare for yourself:
http://www.dead.net/features/tapers-section/march-12-march-18-2007
http://www.archive.org/details/gd1966-05-19.sbd.miller.106683.flac16
(Note that the Vault copy is in vastly superior quality! So I think it's more likely to have the original date. And don't bother checking Deadlists about these dating issues - it's unfortunately all but useless when it comes to '66.)
Anyway, once again, this seems more like a regular show without any of the acid-test madness we get in, say, 1/8/66. I can barely believe this is an acid-test show.

"10/31/66" is not the Dead (and barely acid-test related), but it's fun to hear:
http://www.archive.org/details/gd1966-10-31.sbd.bershaw.5416.shnf

In short, the amount of actual Acid Test Grateful Dead music we have is...not very much. I believe one or two of the "acid test" shows we have may actually be mislabeled "professional" shows.

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Poster: tigerbolt Date: Oct 18, 2010 1:17pm
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it circulates
http://db.etree.org/shninfo_detail.php?shnid=5406
it's interesting but not something i grab everytime
to listen at home or on the road.

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Poster: micah6vs8 Date: Oct 18, 2010 1:28pm
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Thanks tiger .